Spooky Season

Last night, John Oliver played a montage of news anchors welcoming the start of “spooky season.” Is that a thing? Are we moving on from pumpkin spice season?

Speaking of moving: I’m moving in two weeks. I’ve been away from my apartment since March, but now I’m officially giving up my rent-controlled apartment and I’ve hired movers. As a person who does not embrace change, I’m finding it tough to leave LA after 23 years. I also recently left my job of 13 years — or rather it left me without so much as a backwards glance — so the universe is really forcing me to figure my shit out.

How’s your shit going? What are you excited or worried about right now?

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12 Responses to Spooky Season

  1. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I’m really excited about the Adobe Max conference. I’d never heard of it before, but this year it is free and virtual! Previous years cost around $1,000 to attend, so even if I knew anything about it, I never would have spent that kind of money on it. They have so many sessions for design and marketing.

    I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts. Gilmore Guys is wonderful if you are familiar with Gilmore Girls. My Favorite Murder is great too.

    It’s starting to get colder and the sun is setting earlier in the day. I’ve never been a fan of the winter months. I’m going to try and maintain my exercise schedule and hopefully start getting more projects done around the house.

  2. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your job, but good luck with your move! I am also not good with change, but hopefully this particular change will be amazing!

  3. taoreader says:

    I love dancing pumpkin man so much.

    Where are you moving?! Like generally? Moving is stressful and hard but it can be such a positive experience when things settle down. I hope that will be true for you.

    I have lots of podcast recs too if anyone needs any. It’s apparently my main pandemic coping strategy. “You’re Wrong About” is one I’ve just discovered that’s quite fun.

    Now that fall has moved in like an unwelcome couch-surfing brother-in-law (I want only summer all the time), I’m doing daily lightbox, exercise, podcasts, and movies to survive the shorter days.

    I finished my memoir draft and I’m currently re-writing. Or avoiding writing, depending on the day. Writing is hard, you guys!

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      Yay for finishing your draft!!

      I have You’re Wrong About in my list of podcasts to listen to. I always want more recommendations even though I have so many in my list already 🙂

  4. hotspur says:

    I will never get tired of dancing pumpkin man. Never.
    As someone who has lived in LA for 22 years, I can’t imagine leaving. But also I can’t imagine staying? Who knows. I am newly worried, as I just booked flights to see my family on the east coast for Christmas. I did it in a burst of optimism (pfff, I don’t know anyone sick!) and then I read an article about a guy whose covid took the form of severe neurological damage. The article did not include the line, “Just chill, this case is 1 in 789,000.” So now I’m sorta freaked out. I would like someone to tell me what the odds are of getting sick on the flight, because if they are very high, I would just as soon spend Christmas in bed eating ramen and watching Christmas movies (e.g., Die Hard). I did arrange an airbnb though, for 2 weeks when I land, so if I picked up germs, I don’t bring them straight to the fam. It’s a creepy, empty-looking, 100-year-old apartment in a questionable neighborhood. I’m pretty excited to eat ramen there. Should I maybe not go home for Christmas? I don’t want to make my mom sad by not being there. Also my aunt is 85. Why is 2020 such a miserable fucking year? Ohhhh that’s right. Republicans. The ones in office who pretend masks do nothing and the ones in real life who believe masks do nothing.
    Vote for Biden/Harris, you guys. Even you, gnidrah. No excuses.
    Tracey, I’m gonna miss you in LA. I really enjoyed our occasional happy hour / movie hangouts.

    • taoreader says:

      Ugh that’s a hard decision. Covid is scary.

      The CDC says that travel can increase your chances of getting it, but also says “most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes.” Their precautions are the same as everything else–where a mask, don’t touch your face, wash your hands, etc.

      I feel like if you have a decent mask and are otherwise careful, you’re probably fine. But if this causes a lot of terrible anxiety for you, that’s another thing to consider, and is perfectly valid. Anxiety is a chronic illness that also needs consideration and care. (taoreader, MD, Not A Doctor University)

      Do you have, um, pills you can take for the flight? Does your doctor have any opinion about you going? For what it’s worth, I think either decision is okay, but it is especially okay not to go during a pandemic if it freaks you out too much.

      P.S. I am writing letters with VoteForward to swing states to get people to effin’ vote.

      • gnidrah says:

        Personally – all I can do is to echo Taoreader MD 🙂 but I would also say, from a mental health point of view, that a change of scenery and seeing different people, can really be good for you. I went to see my 92-year-old grandmother at the weekend, I stayed in the door and wore my mask (till it became apparent she couldn’t remotely hear me wearing it! so I moved back and shouted more!) and I am so glad that I did – I think it cheered both of us up.

        If you can do it to a level of safety that you feel comfortable with, then I would say go! And I don’t know what your testing system is like (obviously ours is a shitshow) but if you can afford to pay for a test that might put your mind a little more at ease? Then you could always do that? Either way, there’s no wrong decision – you do what you feel best with.

        • Amy says:

          That’s a really good point, that seeing people could be worth the trip. I’m considering driving to Florida to visit friends because I like them and they have a pool, and I’ve been sheltering alone since March. Part of me wants to stay safe at home, but part of me could really use a break in this monotonous routine.

    • gnidrah says:

      HAHAHA I VOTED

      (I did not. I cannot. If Trumpy is watching, don’t worry, I did not commit vote fraud)

  5. gnidrah says:

    Oh man that is a lot of change to deal with at once, Tracey. Take care of yourself. I obviously hear you on the job front – I think people’s compassion for those of us who have lost our work is really waning, and that really hurts. I’ve been lucky that over the past six weeks I have got a couple of small jobs, and just been given another few weeks, so I hope that may mean Christmas is saved

    (on which note I am watching/writing my first review of 2020 RIGHT NOW! Excited to publish, it may take me till the weekend but it’ll be up soon)

    My gym is still open, though we fear restrictions may be reimposed, but I am making the most of being able to work out – that really helps my wellbeing – plus I am doing pilates still! Who would have thought at the beginning of this year, that I would be doing pilates and enjoying it?! I am a convert. My friend dragged me along (dragged me along to a zoom class!) as her sister-in-law is the instructor, and I am glad I did. It gives structure as much as anything. So I recommend that.

    Also I allowed myself to spend a tiny bit of money on a couple of old posters (reproductions!) that were so so nice. I’ve been very strict on not buying stuff at all because of the lack of work, but I decided to crack, get a tiny treat – plus I will use the posters as a reminder to stick to my goal of buying my own flat as soon as I am able – and the posters will be the first things on the walls!

    • Amy says:

      Great that you bought those posters! Sometimes a little new art in the home can really cheer a person up.

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